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Apple iPad Air 2 vs Google Nexus 9 – Which Tablet Has Better Specs?

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We’re comparing the better looking iPad Air 2 tablet with Google’s Nexus 9. These devices were released last year and are very different both outside and inside, so if you want to get an idea about which one has better specs, read this article.

Designs

The iPad Air 2 looks like most of Apple’s tablets, because it has the same design, featuring a full metal back that wraps around to the screen. On the front edge, the metal is a little bit polished and has a shine effect. On the front panel you’ll find the familiar rounded home button which has a fingerprint sensor hidden inside. The tablet has the power button in the right side of the top edge and the speakers are located at the bottom edge.

The Nexus 9, which was created by HTC, features a soft rubber feeling material and full outer metal frame. The tablet has two dual front speakers – at the top and at the bottom, the power button is found on the right edge, above the volume rocker, and there is a micro USB port placed on the center of the bottom edge.

Displays

The iPad Air comes with a 9.7-inches IPS screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio and supports a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels at 236 ppi. The surface is covered by an anti-reflective coating and it the auto-brightness of the screen is very accurate.

The Nexus 9 has an 8.9inches IPS LCD screen with the same resolution, but which supports 281ppi. It’s covered by Gorilla Glass 3 anti glare and anti-fingerprint material, and the auto-brightness capabilities are decent, which will make this device ideal for gaming.

Hardware

The iPad Air 2 is powered by an Apple A8X triple-core 1.5GHz processor backed by 2GB of RAM, which is pretty fast and responsive, especially when playing games. The tablet has also an M8 motion processor, a standard headphone jack, the Lightning connector port and sensors such as accelerometer, gyro, compass and barometer.

The Nexus 9 features a 64bit dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver processor which sits on an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset along with Kepler DX1 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The tablet takes advantage of Android Lollipop’s new memory management techniques, it loads applications very fast, but it struggles to load larger applications. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the device obtained a score of 58000.

Battery life

The Apple tablet houses a Li-Po battery (27.3 Wh) which delivers ten ours of mixed usage, while the Nexus 9 lasts 9 hours and a half with the Li-Po 6700 mAh battery.

Cameras

Both tablets have an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.4 aperture and they record 1080p videos at 30 fps, while the iPad camera can record also slow motion videos at a resolution of 720p. On the front side, the Nexus 9 has a 1.6MP camera, while the iPad Air is fitted with a 1.2MP secondary shooter.